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  • Forest fires in the West may affect air quality

    Most people don't want their homes to smell like fire smoke and they certainly don't want to breathe in the smoke. However, according to The Oregonian, officials in the city of Sisters have recently warned residents that nearby wildfires may affect the local air quality.

    The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been encouraging parents to keep their children indoors and for elderly individuals to stay inside. The department's air quality inspector Frank Messina told the news outlet that the conditions are unhealthy. "If it looks smoky outside, conditions are not good," he suggested. "People should use logic and common sense."

    The publication states that the temperature inversion has pushed the smoke to ground level and has created hazardous breathing conditions. This may prove to be especially dangerous to people with respiratory issues such as asthma, as well as other conditions affecting the lungs and heart.

    William Knight, a spokesperson for the DEQ, told Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) that those who must go outside should avoid manual labor or exercise outdoors.

    Residents in the Sisters area, as well as anyone facing area quality issues, can use air filtration technologies in their home to control pollutants. IQAir HealthPro Plus is ideal for those suffering from respiratory ailments as it can capture fine particulate matter.

  • What's that smell in California?

    If you live in the Southern California area, you likely smelled a strange odor in the air this week. Residents woke up to a rotten-egg aroma on Monday, September 10th and complained of the smell throughout the day by calling the local fire departments and even 911. Apparently many locals were concerned the smell was coming from a chemical leak or another alarming incident nearby.

    While authorities were unsure about the source of the stench for some time, New York Daily news reports that by Tuesday, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed the smelly fumes were coming from the Salton Sea. Air samples collected throughout the region proved that levels of hydrogen sulfide were high around the lake and grew weaker the further from this location.

    "The problem I'm having is the magnitude of the area that was covered by the odor itself. But I guess it can happen under the right conditions, and we had those conditions, apparently, the other night," said Andrew Schlange, general manager at the Salton Sea Authority.

    Whatever the source of the stink, California residents shouldn't have to worry about their homes smelling foul. You can keep the scent of the air in your home fresh and pleasant with the use of air purification. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is the top choice for controlling odor, smoke, dust and other pollutants.

  • How to track air pollution levels in your metro area

    With the summer’s heat increasing ozone and air pollution levels across America, many people may want to consider taking precautionary measures. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a website that is updated daily to provide people with information about how polluted the air is outside.

    The website was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. National Park Service and other local and state agencies. Air pollution levels reported on the AGI website are calculated by the EPA and cover five major air pollutants - ground-level ozone, particulate pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Air pollution levels are reported for over 300 metro areas in the United States.

    There is a number of negative health effects caused by  increased ozone levels and other pollutants. As a result, an individual may want to consider checking air pollution levels on the AIRNow website and investing in a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of pollutants within a home.

  • Coalition strives to include air quality improvement program in 2012 Farm Bill

    A coalition of agricultural representatives led by the California Farm Bureau Federation is pooling its resources to convince the state’s House of Representatives to include funding for an air quality improvement program in a draft of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Sierra Sun Times reports.

    The bill is an update to the 2008 Farm Bill, which allowed farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to participate in a cost-sharing program to reduce carbon emissions, reports the news source. The program has been a success, as it has reduced carbon emissions by about five tons per day since enacted with the cooperation of 1,100 individuals.

    "Air quality improvement and the stewardship of natural resources are priorities for farmers," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger told the news source. "We hope that the House will recognize the importance of the program and maintain it in the bill."

    California metros are notorious for their poor air quality. Homeowners wishing to reduce the presence of air toxins in their homes may consider investing in an air purifier. Technology such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits fine particulate matter found in the air.

  • Wisconsin improves air quality standards

    Wisconsin may seldom be mentioned when it comes to air pollution standards, but the state has recently been taking strides to reduce the production of harmful pollutants by factories and other industrial companies. Environmental Protection reported the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) that will blanket power plants in Alma and Genoa, Wisconsin. The DPC will spend $150 million to improve pollution control technology.

    "This settlement will improve air quality in Wisconsin and downwind areas by significantly reducing releases of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other harmful pollutants," said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is expected to approve the settlement after a 30-day period. However, pollutants will still be leaked in some quantities, and even the strictest safety standards may not be able to prevent the release of harmful toxins. Those facing the risk of exposure to these and other harmful chemicals can invest in the IQAir GC MultiGas home air purifier. This device filters out everything from smog particles to allergens, and ensures the good health of any home occupant.

  • Allegheny County's new air quality standards set for release

    The Allegheny County Board of Health committee has crafted new air quality standards with the intent of raising guidelines to protect the public's health. The proposed regulations would be used to evaluate the impact of industrial emissions from regional industrial plants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The proposal took two years to develop and will be presented to the Health Board on July 11, 2012.

    "We need to wait and see how it works in practice, but I think the proposed policy is a good work product," Joe Osborne, legal director for the Group Against Smog and Pollution, told the news source. "The process included people of different perspectives who came in and worked hard to both produce something we could all agree on, and that also protects the health of Allegheny County residents."

    There are a number of industrial parks and factories in Allegheny County. The proposed regulations could improve regional air quality. However, homeowners looking for a more immediate solution to air toxins can invest in a home air purifier.

  • New rules could benefit Miami Valley's air quality

    Poor air quality in the Miami Valley could prompt lawmakers to pass new regulations. Pollution levels in parts of the area are close to violating federal air quality requirements, the Springfield News-Sun reports. As a result, new restrictions could be imposed on businesses moving to the region.

    "If the area is (not meeting the standards), there could be restrictions on business growth through the air-permitting process that I think no one wants," Matt Lindsay, manager of environmental planning for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, told the news source.

    In addition to new emission controls, solutions such as engine idling requirements could go into effect.

    Local residents concerned about breathing in polluted air can invest in a home air purifier to reduce their exposure. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers limit the fine particulate matter that makes up smog caused from roadways. Whether a building is in an urban environment or a rural space, air pollution can find its way into the home. Keep your family safe and healthy by investing in a home air purifier.

  • Plans of action tackle Portland's air pollution

    Portland’s reputation as a green city is under review as organizations such as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Neighbors for Clean Air recently found significant levels of air pollution in the greater metro area. A report released by the DEQ outlined two years worth of air quality data and found elevated levels of 19 toxic air pollutants.

    Compounds selected for modeling in the study included naphthalene, benzene, lead compounds, arsenic compounds and formaldehyde. Surprisingly, factories only produced approximately 1 percent of the monitored pollutants within Portland, although different neighborhoods had higher concentrations of industry related pollutants than others. Research indicated the chemicals presence was largely due to  the average person’s habits, including commuting, remodeling and using household chemicals.

    As a result, scheduled public meetings on the various methods homeowners can take to improve air quality will be held in the last week of May. Individuals interested in reducing their air exposure to toxins can invest in a home air purifier. For example, the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is an inclusive unit that can drastically improve air quality in a house and limit the health impact of known pollutants.

  • New York air quality improving

    According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, 3.2 million New Yorkers have something to celebrate. The annual State of the Air report for 2012 indicates six of 34 Empire State counties had unhealthy air quality, which is significantly fewer than the 16 that failed in 2011, claims the Star Gazette.

    "These improvements in air quality are to be applauded because cleaner air saves lives," said Jeff Seyler, president of the American Lung Association in the Northeast, in a statement, according to the news source. "But make no mistake, air pollution in our communities continues to be a major threat that cuts lives short, routinely sends people to the hospital and makes it hard to breathe."

    While this improvement in multiple counties across the state is applaudable, it is not nearly enough. Numerous families are still suffering long-term exposure to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Homeowners concerned about their health can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins within their home. Air pollution can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart attack and exasperate respiratory illnesses. Improve your health by purchasing the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • County in Colorado expands air pollution monitoring efforts

    The Post Independent recently reported Garfield County commissioners tentatively agreed to expand the area's air quality monitoring efforts, paying particular attention to oil and gas activity in the Parachute and Battlement Mesa area. The plan includes the purchase of a mobile air monitoring station, which costs approximately $110,000.

    The county already spends an estimated $172,000 annually to monitor and record air pollution levels. The new unit, which will test for a wider variety of compounds, will add another $62,000 to that cost, according to the news source. The goal of the initiative it to track how much pollution comes from oil and gas development in the region by establishing a baseline before proposed industry moves into the area.

    "One of the goals here is to not use fear, and to have good information instead of reacting to the pressures of politics," Commission Chairman John Martin said at the work session.

    Homeowners in the area who are concerned about the effects of nearby oil and gas refineries or stations can invest in a high-quality home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas protects your family by controlling the presence of chemicals and gases indoors as well as addressing odors like second hand smoke, cooking and pet smells.

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